Dec 4, 2012 10:00pm PST
john mccain, himself a disabled veteran. >> bob dole has been our leader on the issue of disabilities from the moment he stepped foot into the chamber. to bob, it is unthinkable that americans could not get over a curb or enter a school building or even watch a debate in this chamber if they were in a wheelchair. >> but that was not good enough for 38 of john mccain's republican colleagues, including his usual ally, lindsay graham. treaties take years to negotiate before they come to a vote. this treaty, though signed by president obama, was actually negotiated by president george w. bush. but that was not good enough for 38 republicans. republicans made up transparently ridiculous reasons to vote against it. they said it threatened america's sovereignty, even though senator kerry repeatedly showed them that the treaty requires no changes in u.s. law and that the treaty cannot be used as the basis for a lawsuit in u.s. courts. the opponents said it was inappropriate to consider a treaty ma post election lame duck session, never mind that just since i've been watching the senate, they'
Dec 5, 2012 7:00am PST
. >> yes, exactly. >>> from around the globe, washington post, senator bob dole, seriously wounded in world war ii, came to the senate floor to support the treaty. it needed two-thirds to pass. most senate republicans voted no, saying the treaty puts american sovereignty at risk. >> "the wall street journal" says one-third of all doctors and lawyers are now women, according to new census figures. in 1970 fewer than 10% of doctors and 5% of lawyers were women. >> "new york times" reports more smart phone users are sending text messages for free over the internet instead of paying fees on cell phone networks. that could cost wireless companies tens of billions of dollars in lost revenues. >> listen up, boys. britain's independent is warning of a sperm count, fell by one-third in 1989 and 2005. that increases the risk of infertility. researchers say the possible reasons range from environmental toxins to tight underwear. >> moving on. usa today reports starbucks is rolling out a special gift card today. it costs $450 and it's made out of steel. >> what? >> you can only buy $400 >>> all right.
Dec 6, 2012 1:00pm PST
cain and bob dole and others came and pleaded with you to vote for this treaty. >> wolf, the issues -- the rights and privileges, opportunities for the disabled are very important. they're too important to turn over -- >> why were you against this treaty? >> if it's important, why turn it over to united nations? >> senator kerry says they're not turning it over. the united nations is just the body that's going to help other countries do what we are doing here in united states. >> wolf, if that were true, we don't need a legally binding treaty. we can work as an international community to spread our ideas abroad. but america has set the standard for our treatment of the disabled in creating opportunities and removing obstacles -- >> even senator mccain and senator dole, you say they are wrong. >> they are wrong because the united nations cannot take an issue of that importance and carry it effectively around the world. this is the group that wants to make palestine a state, they're the group that wants to regulate the internet. wolf, if you look behind the scenes of the united nation
Dec 5, 2012 1:00pm PST
. >>> dramatic confrontation on capitol hill. bob dole appeared in the senate floor in a wheelchair to urge passage of an international treaty promoting rights for disabled people around the world. the republicans blocked it yesterday. one of the most vocal supporters is senator john kerry of massachuset massachusetts, the chairman of the foreign relations committee. senator, thanks very much for coming in. >> good to be here. >> you needed 67 votes to ratify this treaty. you got 61 votes. there were some republicans who went ahead and voted in favor, a lot of them didn't, and in part, this is at least what some of their staff told me, it's because the former senator rick santorum, the former republican presidential candidate raised this issue i is aing this international treaty would undermine his ability to deal with his daughter, for example, isabella, who's disabled. listen to what santorum said. >> i don't often bring isabella out for any types of public events. karen and i felt very strongly that as a mother and father of a disabled child, that we needed to speak for those in the disa